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Success! Keo from Cambodia raised $230 to fund hardware removal from her right femur.

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Keo's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Keo post-operation

July 13, 2020

Keo underwent hardware removal from her right femur.

Keo’s surgery was successful. The problematic hardware has been removed and her wound is healing normally. Keo’s sutures will be removed after two weeks, and she will have a followup every three months. Her bone is strong and when she fully recovers she will be able to walk and run normally.

Keo shared, “The doctors helped me so well. When I get better I will be able to run and jump better than before, and I will feel so happy.”

Keo's surgery was successful. The problematic hardware has been removed and her wound is healing normally. Keo's sutures will be removed aft...

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July 7, 2020

Keo is a 14-year-old student from Cambodia. She has one older sister, and her parents are vegetable sellers at the market. She is in ninth grade and enjoys reading. She and her sister help with the housework and cooking when their parents return from the market. She also loves to watch dramas on TV.

In January 2019, she was riding her bike when she was struck by a car. She suffered a fractured right femur. Her family took her to a private clinic where her fracture was repaired and a nail was fixed in her femur. She has recovered and has no pain, but now she needs to have the hardware removed from the bone

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On July 7th, Keo will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Once the nail is removed, Keo will not be at risk for any further complications such as infection or nerve damage.

Keo shared, “I am happy my leg is feeling good, but I am worried that I might have a problem in the future. So I hope that this surgery goes well and the nail can come out easily.”

Keo is a 14-year-old student from Cambodia. She has one older sister, and her parents are vegetable sellers at the market. She is in ninth g...

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Keo's Timeline

  • July 7, 2020

    Keo was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 07, 2020

    Keo received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • July 08, 2020

    Keo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 13, 2020

    Keo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2020

    Keo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

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Funded by 2 donors

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ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Keo's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients who experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations need ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgeries to heal the injuries. Most often, these fractures and dislocations result from traffic accidents. ORIF procedures require the insertion of metal plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the bones while they heal. Bowleg procedures also require the insertion of hardware, such as staples, in order to realign the legs. Bowleg can be caused both by genetics and by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However, surgeons may decide to remove the hardware. The most common reason for hardware removal is pain or loss of mobility and range of motion around the ORIF site. Other reasons include infection, nerve damage, incomplete healing of the bone, or an allergy to the implant.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Living with hardware fixation causes pain, limits function, and can interfere with daily activities.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia because of a lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws. These accidents cause many of the fractures and bone dislocations that our medical partner sees.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

During an ORIF procedure, the deformed or broken bone is correctly aligned into its normal position. Steel rods, screws, or plates are used to keep the bone fracture stable and allow it to heal. Sometimes, bone grafting is needed to promote healing. During hardware removal, surgeons use the previous incisions to find and remove the hardware. In some cases, additional incisions are made to safely perform the operation.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will experience restored function and mobility. They will also have reduced pain. Patients can be independent again and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is low-risk and extremely effective.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Rural Cambodians often self-medicate or seek treatment from traditional healers because they cannot afford treatment at local clinics or hospitals. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative to this treatment.

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Ko Myo

Ko Myo Zaw is a 41-year-old man who lives with his wife in Burma. He and his wife used to work as a seamster and sew children’s clothing. However, Ko Myo stopped working more than a year ago because of his poor health and he now relies on his wife’s income. On the 18th of June 2018, Ko Myo developed pain in his left waist after sitting for a long time. He then had to stand up every two hours to reduce the pain. This continued for a few more months, until he was no longer able to work. A year after he first experienced these symptoms, he went to Myawaddy Hospital to see a doctor. He received an x-ray and ultrasound which revealed he has a kidney stone in his left kidney. The doctor gave him medication to breakup the stone and Ko Myo took the medication for one year. The medication reduced the pain during the first month, but returned a month after that. By the 29th of May 2019, he could no longer take the pain and went to see the doctor at Myawaddy Hospital. The doctor then gave him stronger medications to reduce the pain and break up the stone. At the suggestion of a neighbor, he decided to seek treatment at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) across the border in Thailand, which he was told provides charitable health care. On 5th of October 2019, he arrived at MTC. The next day, he was brought to the local hospital where he received an ultrasound and an appointment to undergo laser treatment to breakup the kidney stone. He took out a loan to pay for the first round of treatment on November 24th, 2019. When he returned to the clinic in January to undergo a follow-up ultrasound, he was told they also found stones in his right kidney. Unable to pay for further treatment, Ko Myo was referred to Watsi Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance in accessing further treatment. Ko Myo's next appointment to undergo a second round of laser treatment will be on Jaunary 28th. He will complete treatment for the kidney stone in his left kidney, before he receives treatment for the stones in his other kidney. Currently, Ko Myo still has pain in his waist. Sometimes he feels tired and the area around his left waist feels hot. "Once I recover I would like to go back to work and pay back my loan," said Ko Myo.

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